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Giro d’Italia team Roster for Lampre, Quick Step & Rabobank

giro ditalia team roster for lampre quick step rabobank 3 210x300   Giro dItalia team Roster for Lampre, Quick Step & RabobankThree Pro tour teams releases their line-up for the highly anticipated Giro d’Italia. The tour will begin in Amsterdam and riders from Lampre, Rabobank and Quick Step are all but ready to take on the challenge.

Heading up the team for Lampre are former Italian champions Gilberto Simoni and Damiano Cunego. Last 2001 and 2003, Simoni won the Giro, while for Cunego, it was in 2004. Adding spice to their group would be Alessandro Petacchi. Since the 2003 edition, he won 26 stages in the Giro.

As for Rabobank, Oscar Freire and Australian Graeme Brown will be on top of its list. Freire won the Milan-San Remo last March, making him the sprinter to beat at the tour.

As for Quick Step, their leading athlete is Dutchman Addy Engels, who would make this his eight appearance at the Tour.

The detailed team rosters are:

Lampre Farnese Vini:

Matteo Bono (ITA)
Damiano Cunego (ITA)
Danilo Hondo (GER)
David Loosli (SUI)
Marco…

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Devolder Withdraws from Brabantse Pijl

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Due to knee injuries acquired at the Paris-Roubaix on Sunday, Stijn Devolder of Quick Step has bowed out of the Brabantse Pijl on Wednesday. There is also a likely chance that he will not be riding at the Amstel Gold Race as well.

Devolder shares that he could hardly walk on Sunday evening. His physical state did not improve on Monday. “My left leg is swollen from top to bottom. There is also blood in the joint. I must have done something serious. My right knee is also swollen. But compared to the other one, it is peanuts,” said Devolder.

Still, Devolder rode for a one-hour training ride to test his knees and legs. The result was disappointing. “Every bump in the road gave a sharp, shooting pain,” said the 30-year-old cyclist.

The team’s doctor ordered Devolder to rest and this led to his pull out from the Brabantse Pijl. Devolder had hopes…

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Team Quick Step Confirms Their 27-Man Team

team quick step confirms their 27 man team   Team Quick Step Confirms Their 27 Man Team

Team Quick Step has finalized their 27-man roster for 2010, with three new additions. 22-year-old German sprinter Andreas Stauff joins the roster, as well as two Belgians, 23-year-old Nikolaus Maes and 27-year-old Iljo Keisse. Although Maes and Stauff are relatively young, they have both competed at professional levels for a good number of years. They plan on repeating much of the success they enjoyed in the 2009 season. The 27-man roster follows after the jump:

Carlos Barredo
Tom Boonen
Dario Cataldo
Sylvain Chavanel
Kevin de Weert
Dries Devenyns
Stijn Devolder
Addy Engels
Mauro Facci
Kurt Hovelynck
Kevin Hulsmans
Iljo Keisse
Andrei Kunitski
Nikolas Maes
Davide Malacarne
Jerome Pineau
Francesco Reda
Branislau Samoilau
Kevin Seeldraeyers
Andreas Stauff
Matteo Tosatto
Jurgen van de Walle
Kevin van Impe
Thomas Vedel Kvist
Marco Velo
Wouter Weylandt
Maarten Wynants

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Quick Step Having Financial Difficulties

team quick step having financial difficulties   Quick Step Having Financial Difficulties

Team Quick Step is going through some financial troubles going into the 2010 season, admits the team’s general manager Patrick Lefevere. The team has no plans to sign any additional riders for next year. “We need to start the next season with 26 or 27 riders, and I don’t have any hope of increasing the number of riders,” Lefevere said to Gazet van Antwerpen. Less riders means less races in 2010 for Team Quick Step. “In May, the Giro, the Tour of Belgium and the Tour of California are all running almost simultaneously. We will have to skip one of these races. I have to fight to find the money and it still remains to be seen whether I have the money for Allan Davis,” Lefevere adds. Allan Davis announced that he was leaving the team earlier this month, but Lefevere doesn’t plan…

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